Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Cleopatra: where is her tomb?

I had an interesting question from an Egyptology News Network follower in Abu Dhabi (via Twitter) about the search for the mummies of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. The question is quite simple: What progress has there been in finding their tombs?

As I understand it, the Roman historian Plutarch, said Cleopatra and Mark Antony were buried together in Alexandria probably near her royal palace and that this area is now covered by the sea. This is the generally accepted theory.

In 1992, French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio carried out careful excavations in Alexandria’s Eastern Harbour and made many important discoveries, but not the royal tomb.

An alternative theory has been put forward by archaeologist and historian Kathleen Martinez, that the lovers were buried inside the temple dedicated to Isis and Osiris at Taposiris Magna, a location about 45kms west of Alexandria, near an area know as Borg el Arab. She started excavating in this area back in 2006. Again, as far as, I know the royal tomb remains elusive.

If anybody has any more information about this fascinating subject, please leave your comments below.

Meanwhile, enjoy these YouTube videos about the search for Cleopatra.

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